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Five Fallacies and How to Argue on the Internet (and IRL)

Arguing on the internet, everyone’s favorite pastime! But unfortunately, some people don’t do it very well — or at least they could do it better. You owe it to them (and yourself!) to help them out and make their claims and/or arguments less fallacious. In doing so, you’ll increase the quality of discourse between the Read MoreRead More

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

A study says 30 percent of adults in America get news from the social network – how does this affect the way Journalism is consumed? Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy. Mr. Read MoreRead More

All about the Serpentine Dance

The Serpentine Dance was one of the first things captured by Edison’s film cameras – but what was the Serpentine Dance? Who? The serpentine dance emerged during the late nineteenth century. It evolved from the skirt dance, a form of early burlesque in which moving figures were swathed in light fabric and optical shadows to Read MoreRead More

17 Awesome and Weird Bill Murray-Inspired Products

What can’t Bill Murray do? Here at mental_floss, we love Bill Murray, who is always doing awesome stuff—so when I decided to brainstorm art for our newly renovated office, it wasn’t hard to decide where to start. In the process, I discovered so many awesome Bill Murray-inspired things available for purchase, so I threw this Read MoreRead More

Why Does Mario’s Jump Feel So Awesome? | Game/Show

Mario jumps. This may seem insanely obvious, but it’s more significant than you may know. For such a ubiquitous game mechanic, it’s not such an obvious movement to include. Humans, for instance, are TERRIBLE at jumping. But Mario is, like, CRAZY good at it. So what is it about Mario’s jump that inspired hundreds of Read MoreRead More

Susan Gregg Koger: Being a Rookie Is an Asset

When she co-founded the online clothing retailer ModCloth, Susan Gregg Koger had never worked in retail and had no connections with the fashion industry. She had no experience that helped her write a business plan or how to source inventory for her site. But being a “rookie” turned out to be asset as she built Read MoreRead More

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